Payroll Processor Salary

Most Payroll Processors in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $15.99 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although the greater part have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,266 - $55,195
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$40K
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MEDIAN: $40,453
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$12.10 - $20.84
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MEDIAN: $15.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,266 - $55,195  
   
Bonus
$507 - $4,932  
Total Pay (?
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$25,956 - $47,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $20.84  
   
Overtime
$16.79 - $31.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$507 - $4,932  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,956 - $47,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 151

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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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While Payroll Processors do not often become Senior Payroll Processors, the job pays $47K per year on average. When Payroll Processors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Payroll Specialists or Payroll Administrators. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $5K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Payroll Processors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Pay by Experience for a Payroll Processor has a positive trend. An entry-level Payroll Processor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 101 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Payroll Processor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Payroll Processor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 46 salaries. A Payroll Processor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,878

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Payroll Processors in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Payroll Processors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent) and Salt Lake City (+1 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cincinnati. Workers in Dallas and Phoenix earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 2 percent.

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Key Stats for Payroll Processor

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries

▲15%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$36,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries



Payroll Tax Compliance
▲6%

National Average
$36,000


Microsoft Office
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 30%
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